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Neural Plasticity
Volume 10 (2003), Issue 1-2, Pages 27-38

Perceptual Deficits in Clumsy Children: Inter- and Intra-Modal Matching Approach—A Window into Clumsy Behavior

1Research Group for Child Development, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
2Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

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This article will focus on the underlying perceptual deficits that might lead to inadequacies in motor performance in children. Two lines of enquiry have dominated the literature: visual-perceptual deficit and/or visualmotor deficits and proprioceptive deficits. The theoretical and methodological shortcomings in these approaches are discussed. Then attention is primarily directed toward the concept of inter- and intra-modal matching (sensory integration), particularly with respect to vision and proprioception, an ability deemed, to underlie many real-life motor skills. Such an approach allows parallels to be drawn between behavioral manifestations of motor impairment and potential underlying neurological informationprocessing disorders, particularly as these relate to hemispheric competence.